The partners of the Caicos Pine Recovery Project will officially deliver the National Tree Restoration Strategy to the Government of the Turks & Caicos Islands on Wednesday April 6, 2016.
As part of a long-term partnership between the Department of Environment and Coastal Resources and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, the expert-drafted strategy will be officially presented to the Department of Tourism, Environment and Culture and practice.
The strategy documents best practices for the conservation of the national tree after two years of intense research into the unique ecosystem it supports, expanding field and laboratory research dating back to 2007. The research has provided insight important on the biochemistry and ecology of the Caicos pine and even revealed possible new species of fungi and insects to science. The protocols developed during this work guide how the restoration of Caicic Pine habitat will be carried out, from seed collection, propagation, field planting to habitat management.
“The National Tree Restoration Strategy will guide the Turks & Caicos Islands in the long-term protection of the Caicos Pine, the national tree, which is an important part of Turks & Caicos history and culture. Said the Honorable Porsha Stubbs-Smith, Minister of Tourism, Environment, Culture and Heritage.
The strategy is one of the most important results of the “Pine Forests: Mitigation for Climate change and Invasive Species” phase of the Caicos Pine Recovery Project funded by the UK government’s Darwin Initiative through the Environment Fund and the climate of the overseas territories and the John Ellerman Foundation.
The Honorable Minister then expressed his deep thanks and gratitude to the team for their hard work and dedication over the past 2 years and further underlined his interest in working with them on future projects.